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Sunday 4th February 2018
Hodsock Priory Photo Walk and Workshop ..... £15.00
Blyth, Nottinghamshire, S81 0TY
See map here to the right
We are having a photowalk and Macro workshop at Hodsock Priory on Wednesday 14th February.
We shall meet at the car park at the priory at around 9.45am on the Wednesday in readiness to start the walk.
We shall be taking along a range of macro lenses, extension tubes and rails, together with some lighting and reflectors and scrims to get the best from the snowdrops.
There's a well signed walk around the gardens with short cuts for those who are less mobile amongst us and easy but natural paths for those wanting to roam the woodland.
There are also further extended walks around the estate and are well signposted for any one who'd like to roam.
You'll need to bring a well charged battery(s) as cold weather can reduce the working time of your camera.
Tripod and cable release will help in some of the shots you may take. A black bin liner or something to kneel on will be a great benefit.
Any Further Questions then please call me.....
Sunday 28th January 2018
I'm planning a series of Photo Walks for both Beginners and Enthusiasts alike. These will be both locally, such as Newark, Lincoln and Nottingham, as well as further afield, like York, Bath, Edinburgh.
The purpose of these walks is to provide photographic guidance and advice whilst you're enjoying the walk. These walks will be around 4 hours long on the local walks, and a full days on others.
I will also be adding walks into Derbyshire and Yorkshire, visiting both rural areas as well as Heritage Halls and Parks.
If you have a favourite walk or area you feel I should add, then please drop me a line as soon as possible as we are starting to compile these for release in the next ten days.
Roll on Spring!
Tuesday 23rd January 2018
Wow its been a long time ......
Here's to keeping you all updated on whats going on at GoPhotography.
The first news I have to give you is that we now have confirmation of the Ballet and Dance Photo Workshop in Newark on location at the Charlotte Hamilton Dance Studio in Balderton on Thursday the 22nd of February. We've already provisionally got eight people who placed their name down for this in advance, and the good news is that we have more spaces for more to attend. What you say? I thought we wanted to keep the group down below eight? Well what if I said lets keep it down to six!
Movement in Dance
To achieve this we will be setting up two studio areas at the large dance studio, one is for Fine Art Ballet with Jules and the other will be with me for Movement in Dance.
More Strobe Movement
The workshop will last a full day. We'll have two refreshment breaks and one lunch break, so a pack-up is well advised. More details will be posted as we get closer to the date.
The cost for the day is £69.99, as we've hire costs and new backdrops to purchase specially for the day.
Let me know ASAP if you're like a place..... First Come First Served
Monday 27th March 2017
It seems like forever since we were in New Zealand to see Family. The weather was un-seasonably strange, with snow falling on the mountains in SUMMER... It helped t get some nice moody shots and made the mountains look even higher.
I tried the "Lee Big Stopper" out, which heralded some interesting pictures, and with a possible tie up with Lee Filters, we could get some great trips to the coast to try out some beach and headland water shots whilst training.
With a trip into hospital on my return, it made the break from the real world even longer, but I'm back on my feet and ready to roll.....
Then it was all hands to the pump to help out on The Masters Photographic Association on their stand at the Photography Show at the NEC in Birmingham. It was a very busy on the Monday with new members joining throughout the day and meeting lots of Members who I didn't know.
This year I aim to get my CDP back on track to attain great and higher level of photography with the MPA... So watch this space.
The students taking their LRPS at York in May are already getting their pictures printed and mounted ready for their advisory day next month, so we'll be working hard to help them achieve this award.
So no slacking, spring is here and lighter nights, so no excuses.
Stuck on the Bridge some 300ft up
MPA Stand Monday 20th March 2017
Wednesday 11th January 2017
A great start to the New Year, with the MPA forming a new board and Cherubs being reborn again.
As for the Photography school we have eight more students applying for their LRPS accreditation, and six others re-applying.
The advisory day this year is on the 9th of April at Whatton in Nottinghamshire, whilst the assessment date is on the 21st May.
Well I'm off to New Zealand this weekend thanks to the generosity of family, and we're looking forward to a little chill time seeing old friends as well, who emigrated there in the last few years.
Time for some landscape pictures and to meet several people who I contacted, to share their knowledge of photography with me.
So see you all in late February
Wednesday 16th November 2016
Now we're back from the Royal Photographic Society in Bath, I can confirm the following have got through their LRPS award.
Well done to them all.
It was an interesting day and there were several odd comments made by the panel, but all in all a great success.
Wednesday 2nd November 2016
Only one week to go before the RPS licentiate appraisal for the students. The judging is being held in the RPS Headquarters in Bath, and there are a few nervous students as T minus one week has arrived.
So good luck everyone and we look forward to the party afterwards!
Wednesday 21st September 2016
Well here we are, the equinox has arrived and the summer past has been a mixed bag for most of us. I don't think there were many barbecues held, unless you were abroad.
But looking forward, we are starting to get the new classes and ideas coming through with ten students getting through their LRPS advisory day at Whatton. There were some excellent comments from Tessa Mills and Antony John from the RPS. Many thanks to them both for some very helpful comments and advice.
So have a look at the classes coming up and get back into the English weather and those dark night photo opportunities....
Wednesday 6th July 2016
Many thanks to all those who travelled to York yesterday, a good day had by all....
I would have liked to have included more critique content whilst there, but never mind, it just didn't allow.
Don't forget to send some images in for the website....
Thursday 19th May 2016
It seems like ages since I posted anything here.
The Annual Nottinghamshire County Show has come and gone, with a lot of bad press on the content and value of the show.
We saw less people than last year in the George Stephenson Hall, possibly down to the hall being empty at the end near us.
Well done Teresa for winning the public choice competition, as a result of this you'll receive a £50.00 voucher against your winning print being on a canvas or framed.
Friday 22nd of April 2016
Well done to Carol for her advisory day panel, which was well received at the RPS Advisory day, which was held at Whatton on Sunday.
Many of you have paid your RPS membership fees on the day and we managed to get a 20% discount. Don't forget those who didn't attend but wish to join, to do so quickly with the code we were given, don't miss out.
I am suggesting that for the Newark and Notts Show on May 14th and 15th, that we exhibit in the style and size we need to the panel we are considering to use for out Licentiateship Distinction. I will be posting these sizes in the coming days.
So get looking through your images and don't forget to get some mystery macro images ready for the public competition
Wednesday 23rd March 2016
A year has passed and the Photography Show at the NEC has come around again, and there were quite a few of you attending. There appeared to be less stands this year and a little more cramped, but the content was first class as usual. Many of you attended some of the seminars and lectures, and although there were a few technical issues because of the WI-FI and the number of people using the internet, it generally went to plan. Many of you also collected brochures and product data from the exhibitors, so when you've had a browse through your goodie bag, bring them along to the class next Tuesday, so we can see what you've found. So I trust you all got something from the experience and we can have a recap of the day(s) over a coffee.
The Crazy Gang
Following our discussion last Tuesday, we discussed the probability of the Enthusiasts Group applying for their first level of qualification with the MPA. I had the honour of being on their stand and covered the interest in Baby Photography, especially as being a member of "
I did my best to put him off, not really, it was quite interesting to see a fifty-fifty split in men to women who already offer a newborn baby service at their studio.
It was a close call on who had the most hair, and this included the newborns attending!
Friday 11th March 2016
Photography Enthusiasts Spring 2016
After a short break on the other side of the world, it can be safe to safe that I am ready to face the challenges of a new term, new techniques and new ideas. I intend to get some deeper thinking amongst you, and begin to stretch you in terms of trying something new. Although the Newark Photography Group are doing OK, I feel that a selection of you are not expressing your true potential, even when given the direction on how to deploy your knowledge of the art of Photography. I feel that some of you should now look to add some form of statement of how good you are. An idea to commit ourselves would be to look at the RPS route or even the MPA, for those who really want to be noticed.
The RPS offers three levels of Distinctions, which set recognised standards of achievement throughout the world. Both members and non-members can apply for Distinctions (non-members will need to join The Society if they gain a Distinction). It is recommended that you apply for the LRPS first, unless you're an experienced photographer:
• LRPS (Licentiateship of The RPS) - images of a high standard of photographic execution - demanding but achievable for most dedicated photographers. Applicants must show variety in approach and techniques but not necessarily in subject matter.
• ARPS (Associateship) - images of exceptional standard and a written Statement of Intent (what you hoped to achieve). This is a significant step up from the LRPS. At this stage creative ability and personal style (what makes your work unique to you), along with complete control of the technical aspects of photography must be evident. It is at this level that you can first choose to submit your work to a particular specialist category. It is possible to apply for an ARPS without having first achieved an LRPS, but we do not recommend this unless you have considerable experience in photography.
• FRPS (Fellowship) - our highest level of Distinction. Fellowship submissions are open to Associates of the Society and Fellows of the BIPP. Images must be of an outstanding photographic and creative standard and accompanied by a Statement of Intent. An obvious personal style is expected at this stage. You need to have achieved the ARPS before you can apply for the FRPS. Visit http://www.rps.org/distinctions/about-distinctions#sthash.g87wtfDz.dpuf
The Master Photography Association is a little harder and may not be a route for you, but the path is very similar. Recognised as a benchmark of excellence across the world the Master Photographers Association have three levels of qualifications, each reflecting increasing levels of experience, expertise, and achievement.
Licentiate (LMPA): Entry Level showing an established professional level of skill and competence.
Associate (AMPA): Denotes a high level of craftsmanship and individual creativity.
Fellowship (FMPA): Recognises distinguished individual ability and exceptional standards of excellence
We strongly recommend candidates seek guidance on preparing for their submission and offer a programme of mentoring aimed specifically at the level of qualification application with industry experts.
Category for qualification: Wedding, Portrait, Social, Commercial, General Practice, Fashion, Illustrative & Pictorial, Press and PR, Landscape, Architectural, Industrial, Fine Art, Events, Scientific, Medical, Forensic, Specialist.
As a result, it is my intention to add some study group time during this session to explore other photographer’s work, some famous and some not. I will ask you all to get your A3 and A4 sleeve folders out and lets start looking at our work around the table. I would like to add at least one visit to a gallery or exhibition to see what the rest of the world is doing and to investigate why you as a group can’t exhibit in such a way. Don’t forget, The Newark and Notts Show is coming very soon, so lets add some additional inspiring images in addition to what we normally present.
I also want to add a book session, where we can investigate ideas and so applying some of these in our work. We could do a book or magazine session where we can bring in a book to share, or even some magazines to give away once read, or even swapped to encourage contribution.
Although we have some great facilities at our fingertips here in the studio, I intend to extend this, and add hopefully a new place where we can photograph our growing list of models and to try out some off the wall ideas in our studio sessions, without the worry of making a mess! (yes, I did say a mess!)
Also, I hope to introduce a new model and potentially a new photographer to our team, who may provide us with new opportunities for trying out something different.
So to start the ball rolling, I intend to start the term of with some group discussion about where we would like to take our photography and then touch on the following topic in a fortnight, which is Time Lapse and Shutter Drag. So we will be going out to do at least one of these. If you have any filters, such as ND, or Grad filters, then bring these along for next week. Those who haven’t, I need to know your thread size on your chosen lens, so I can get some adapter rings ordered. I will be showing you all how to use Lightroom and Photoshop to get the best out of these, especially with the new enhanced and easy features in the CC 2015 update.
You may have noticed that I said a fortnight for the following class. That’s because it’s the Photography Show on the 19th to the 22nd, with a lot of you already having tickets to attend. If you would like to go, we have a lots of cars we can fill, so you’re not going alone. Come and watch some great talks on Photography and post production, see some new gear and spend a fortune like I do….
Bring this document along with you to next weeks class, and I’ll even post this on the blog [http://www.gophotography.co.uk/Blog-and-Tips]
If you want to post some images on the student images page, [http://www.gophotography.co.uk/Student-Images] then let me know and I’ll set up a gallery and give you an upload password. Until Tuesday……
Monday 7th March 2016
Ok, following discussions with several existing students, we are going to start the classes on a Tuesday morning and not a Monday. The previous classes were on a Wednesday, but the Business Centre is heavily booked on a Wednesday, so parking has always been a problem, hence the day change.....
So don't forget - Classes start back next Tuesday 15th March at 9.30am - 11.30am for Photoshop/Lightroom and general post production work, including printing. Then we have an hour break and then we start Photography classes at 12.30pm and finish at 2.30pm
Lots of new ideas and techniques so bring a note pad....
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4th March 2016 :
Well, what can I say, weeks without you all, plenty of blue sky days, beers around the pool .... I could go on, but now I'm back so lets roll up our sleeves and get stuck in to some challenging classes and trips out.
I am looking to start the classes on Monday the 14th March at 9.30am with some great new features, correction, lots of new ideas and features in both Photoshop and Lightroom.
Adobe has been busy adding and improving many features in both software, but its Photoshop which has been given the WHOOSH this time.I'm also going to run some classes using third party plug-ins, which without a doubt, will get your imagination running riot.
It takes a lot to impress me these days but wow, has OnOne added some great modules, not to mention Google's series of plug-ins.
The photography classes will start at 12.30pm on the same day, and I will be choosing the classes very carefully to ensure all people have benefit from attending. There will be several days where we may miss a class to allow more time to go out on a trip possibly on a different day to suit the venue. SO don't miss out...